Furry Friends Fur-Ever Tail: Quincy, Gracie and the Simpsons

“Our first cat, Lupey, passed away at the age of 16 in 2014, and our kids, who were 8 and 11 at the time, were devastated,” explains Jenny. “As soon as they were ready for a new pet, they begged us for two so they wouldn’t be lonely when we weren’t home. I promptly started checking the Furry Friends web site several times a day, waiting for a pair of kittens to appear. The moment we saw them, we called and arranged a visit.

“The kittens, of course, were adorable! They snuggled each other and were so curious about everything, and from the moment their paws crossed our threshold, they were well and truly home. They immediately loved playing with the kids, loved exploring all the nooks and crannies of our house, and would seek each other out when one couldn’t find the other.

“They bring so much joy and fun to our family. They play, chase, wrestle, cuddle and clean one another. They also love trying to catch whatever they see outside — whether it’s a small bug or a large bird – and we’ll find them gaily batting at the window. It’s so endearing. Not only are they a constant source of amusement and comfort, but they’re the perfect resource to teach our kids about being responsible pet owners. In fact, the kids are in charge of keeping the kittens supplied with adequate food and water, and maintaining their litter box.

“Quincy’s favorite activity is playing hide and seek. My son will hide behind a piece of furniture, then jump out when Quincy comes around the corner. Quincy will then chase after him. It’s so much fun to watch. Gracie’s favorite activity is batting around small soft objects. She loves the little stuffed animal toys my daughter makes her, while my daughter likes dressing her up in doll clothes.

“Quincy enjoys being petted and cuddled whenever anyone picks him up. Gracie, however, prefers to come and sit with you in her own time, in her own way. She’ll often come and sit right under our arms when we’re working on the computer!”

As for the kittens’ sleeping arrangements?

“They’ll sleep at the foot of whomever’s bed seems most comfy that night.”